Illinoize is a free remix tape put together by Vancouver-based producer Tor, sampling songs from multi-instrumentalist and indie superhero, Sufjan Stevens. Tracks are lifted from Stevens’ 2005 LP ‘Illinoise’ (get it?), as well as three of his other albums, ‘A Sun Came’, ‘Seven Swans’ and ‘Songs for Christmas’. Consummately mixed with Steven’s acoustic guitar, piano, horns and voice are tracks from hip-hop MC’s Aesop Rock, Big Daddy Kane, Gift of Gab from Blackalicious, C.L. Smooth, Outkast, Brother Ali, and Grand Puba – you know these songs, but don’t know them like this.
Though the concept may seem odd, Tor has seamless blended the tracks in such a manner that you might not even realize you are listening to a mashup – it almost seems that the rappers have sampled Sufjan for themselves. Its honestly one of the coolest pieces of hip-hop production you’ll hear.